Salford City Council - Record of Decision I Councillor Peter Connor, Lead Member for Housing Services, In exercise of the powers conferred on me by Paragraph F6 (a) (11), of the Scheme of Delegation of the Council do hereby authorise the instigation of legal proceedings against the owner of 137 Leigh Road, Boothstown, Worsley Salford, M28 1LG for an offence of failing to comply with Improvement Notice contrary to section 30(1) of the Housing Act 2004. The reasons are that the owner is the person having control of a house and has failed to comply with the requirements of an (Suspended) Improvement Notice. Failing to comply with an (Suspended) Improvement Notice is an offence. Options considered and rejected were: - Take no further action – This option is not considered viable as the landlord has failed to make satisfactory effort to meet the requirements of the (suspended) Improvement Notice and provided a defence of not agreeing with requirements. Furthermore, the landlord may interpret failure to prosecute as a lack of resolve to robustly apply the provisions of the Housing Act 2004, in order to secure the objectives set out in the Council’s housing strategy, i.e. to tackle poor quality private rented homes to a decent standard and to improve both the quality of the housing stock and the image of the area. Assessment of Risk Low. The Council’s legal representatives consider that the evidence is sufficiently strong to offer reasonable prospect of a conviction and that prosecution is in the Public Interest. The source of funding is Unless the Council fails to prove its case and legal costs are awarded against it, there are no costs other than the normal operating costs associated with officer time. If costs were awarded against the Council, then they would be met from the Housing Market Support Enforcement Budget. Legal Advice obtained. Yes. Contact Officer: Melinda Edwards The prosecution file has been reviewed against the code for Crown Prosecutors and meets the full code test for consideration of evidence and is in the public interest. Financial Advice obtained. Yes. Contact Officer: Alison Swinnerton There is sufficient budgetary provision within the 2011/2012 Housing Market Support Enforcement Budget. Unless the Council fails to prove its case and legal costs are awarded against it, there are no costs other than the normal operating costs associated with officer time. If costs were awarded against the Council, then they would be met from the Housing Market Support Enforcement Budget. The following documents have been used to assist the decision process. None. (if the documents disclose exempt or confidential information, they should not be listed, but the following wording shall be inserted : "(The relevant documents contain exempt or confidential information and are not available for public inspection)":Contact Officer: Lisa Protano-Williams Tel No. 0161 793 2832 * This decision is not subject to consideration by another Lead Member/Director * The appropriate Scrutiny Committee to call-in the decision is the Sustainable Regeneration Scrutiny Committee. Councillor Peter Connor Lead Member for Housing 6th June, 2011 * This decision was published on Monday, 6th June, 2011. * This decision will come in force on Tuesday, 14th June, 2011 unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules.